Royal College of Ophthalmologists: #makemydatacount – Secure national audit funding to protect patient safety and professional standards

15 February 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is calling on all those involved in funding and running national clinical audits to support the #makemydatacount campaign. National clinical audits are important to measure how care is being delivered and how medical professionals are delivering that care to the highest standards possible. National audits are developed and continually improved to measure performance and outcomes,

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New RCOphth Workforce Census illustrates the severe shortage of eye doctors in the UK

7 February 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

A new 2018 census by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) identifies gaps in recruitment of ophthalmologists and workforce planning amid a predicted 40% increase in demand over the next 20 years. • Over the next two years an extra 230 consultant and 204 Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) posts are required • 67% of hospital eye units are using

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Joint Venture between the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists for RCOphth professional examinations

6 February 2019

  In a joint venture, The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) are collaborating to host and deliver the RCOphth Refraction Certificate examination. This is one of four examinations that a trainee ophthalmologist takes in order to achieve the FRCOphth. From 2020 ABDO’s National Resource Centre (NRC) in Birmingham will become the permanent

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RCOphth: Annual Congress 2019 Abstract submission and registration opens on 20th November

13 November 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Abstract submission and registration   Abstract submission will open on 20 November 2018 and close on 8 January 2019. The guidance notes are available for download. Registration will open in early February 2019. Full details of the RCOpth Congress 2019 are available here

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Royal College of Ophthalmologists publish the results of the 2017 SAS Ophthalmologist Workforce Survey.

24 August 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

In 2017, the RCOphth undertook its first national survey of SAS ophthalmologists (Staff and Associate Specialist Ophthalmologists), the results of which are published here. The RCOphth wish to work actively with SAS doctors, their colleagues and external organisations to develop actions for improvement. The survey was sent to 175 SAS doctors from a representative sample of ophthalmology departments in the

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Fight for Sight: Charity invites applications from brightest minds in vision research

16 August 2018
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, has announced that the Project Grants Awards and the recently established Primer Fellowship call is now open for applications. The charity will provide funding of up to £60,000 for two individuals to undertake vision related research for one year. One of the Fellowships is funded in collaboration with The Royal College

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RCOphth Congress – Early Bird Closing

13 April 2018
Source: RCOphth

It is just over five weeks until the beginning of the 2018 RCOphth Annual Congress.  The Early Bird registration closes on 18 April, you will still be able to book after this date, but book early to secure the best rate. Programme update Full details of the programme can be found on the College website. The programme for the Ophthalmology

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Risk to eye patients as NHS England’s Next Steps plan removes 18-week referral to treatment for elective surgery from the list of priorities for the next 12 months

5 April 2017
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

NHS England have published Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View which recognises what has been delivered so far and sets out the priorities for the next stages of the plan. In the Next Steps document, the 18-week waiting time target (RTT) for elective surgery has been removed from the list of priorities over the next 12 months.

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RCOphth Workforce Census 2016: A picture of the size and shape of the UK ophthalmic medical workforce

5 April 2017
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The RCOphth, with the publication of its most recent Workforce Census 2016 report with data from 75% of hospital eye units in the UK, places another important piece of the jigsaw depicting the current state of secondary NHS ophthalmology care.

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